May 2022

FIESTA May 2022 Recap!

If you're new here, welcome to the community! Learn more about us and connect to the ATX Tech community at or you can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

Mark your calendars, we hope to see you at our June 21 event!

We Aim To:

  • Connect you with peers and community builders serving the startup ecosystem (event organizers, helpful networking opportunities, accelerators, service providers, etc.)
  • Welcome you with warm southern hospitality.
  • Share helpful and invaluable resources.
  • Support and encourage you on your journey.


Newcomers to Austin raising their hands

Is anyone interested in attending DCENTRAL next week on Tuesday & Wednesday, June 7 & 8, 2022?  FIESTA has exclusive 30% off regular ticket pricing. A saving of over $100. Head over to Eventbrite and use FIESTA22 as the promo code found at the top left on the ticket page.

We have a few FREE tickets to DCENTRAL to give away plus 1 ticket for the 2022 Consensus festival to anyone who has attended 4 or more events. If you are interested, email or DM her in the Slack group.

Many thanks to everyone who went through the check-in process! We had 240 attendees check-in, which helps us prepare for future events and secure sponsorships.

A few interesting stats from our May gathering:

- 113 folks did not sign up with Meetup or Eventbrite. They came as a guest or just showed up at the event.
- 40% of attendees have been in Austin for less than a year,  
- 25% of attendees have been here less than six months.
- 65% of the attendees were attending for the first time.
- 60 investors were at the event plus 4 accelerators.
- 85% signed in as a founder/entrepreneur

Here is the linkfor the photos from the evening!

The FIESTA website was recently reimagined thanks to the generosity of Michael Sieb with Type Studio and Courtney Werner. We have all enjoyed having Michael visit from Germany and are sad to see him go. You can learn more about Type Studio here.

View our updated website


Thanks to our generous sponsors & community builders for making FIESTA possible! We appreciate you and your service to the community.

Our special sponsors for the May event included:

Type Studio is a text-based video editor that runs online in your browser. Content creation is made easy.
Two12 Provides $240/year cap table management as well as the valuation, fund administration, and SPV formation services.
Pick My Brain Meet the world's most interesting people one-on-one.

A shout out to our consistent and faithful corporate sponsors:
Captial Factory for proving our monthly gathering space to host FIESTA. The KOYA team makes the magic ✨ of FIESTA happen each month through the dedication of their time and resources.  

Texas Beer Co and Freewater have faithfully provided beer 🍻 and water  💦 to all of our 2022 events keeping us well hydrated. We also want to thank Leah Lopez with Better Bites Bakery for providing yummy plant-based treats that are free from the top 9 allergens.

This month, we had the pleasure of introducing you to Austin Connections Meet-Up, a Wednesday Weekly Happy Hour for investors, founders, connectors, and people that don't suck. They meet usually at Native Hostel from 5-7 PM and can be found on Eventbrite.

Panoramic Ventures out of Atlanta took the stage to share about Startup Showdown, an event they hosted where they gave away two $120,000 checks to local startups. 👀

View more ATX Community Builders

In case you didn't know, we offer sponsorship opportunities to community organizers, accelerators, incubators, VCs, or anyone wanting to get in front of founders and newcomers to Austin.  

We’d like to hear from more Accelerators/incubators who play a critical role in funding and developing startups. If you have connections to any please invite them to reach out.

Did you know that there are close to 40 in Austin? You can view them HERE.

Community Testimonies

"FIESTA is one of the most meaningful and important startup communities in Austin. It does a remarkable job at forging both broad and deep connections that move the needle. As a community builder myself I say with confidence that the FIESTA team set the bar very high. As a founder, I see FIESTA as the most important community that allows someone to assimilate into Austin."

- Casey Davies-Bell

"I attended the last FIESTA event at Capital Factory and had an awesome time."

- Summer Williams

Community Member Pitches

We enjoyed hearing from various community members who bravely shared their startups in a 1-minute pitch format.

  1. Pree Poonati with The Art of Nirvana helping folks overcome stress and anxiety.
  2. Juan Carlos Munguia  with M Aerospace RTC the world's first affordable large scale metal 3d printing company
  3. Monica Levi with Monica Levi Coaching helping startup leaders and lawyers
  4. Aidan Vogel with Perivallon which is turning trash into 3D printed sustainable homes
  5. Deb Perkins, with Broad of Directors which helps entrepreneurs find funding.
  6. Danny Feltsman with Life Ark.  Think Family time capsule.  
  7. Gayle Reaume -with Moolah U Provides real-life, real-money education for young people.
  8. Michael Schiltz with Lionshield BTC, which is revitalizing Main Street, America by building localized bitcoin economies powered by bitcoin mining.

We set aside time for eight to ten one-minute pitches for startup founders who provide ALL necessary information. If interested here are the requirements: You must be founders, not service providers, must have attended a previous monthly event, and are part of our community Slack group. Once you are in Slack, you sign up in the right channel #sign-up-2-pitch by providing ALL required information.  

Service providers may list your service here for free. Consider sponsoring a future event by reaching out to Cherie Werner for pricing.

One last exciting announcement! 🎉 We have over 3,000 Meetup members which means we've added 2K members in less than a year! 🎉 Our Slack channel also grew to over 500 members, since September, thanks to each of you!

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. We look forward to seeing you at our June 21 event!

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